Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The Classics Club - May Meme

The Classics Club meme for May is:
Tell us about the classic book(s) you’re reading this month. You can post about what you’re looking forward to reading in May, or post thoughts-in-progress on your current read(s).

I just finished Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and look forward to blogging about it shortly.  It's been on my reading list for years, and I have mixed feelings.  I expected to unconditionally love it, but I had a few issues.  It was still a great read and a timeless classic.

I am almost done listening to Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling.  Just two chapters left, and it is terrific.  Sort of a mini version of Moby Dick--I feel like I have been well-schooled in fishing vessels at the turn of the last century.  I'm even inspired to maybe add a question or two about it to the Goodreads' Never-Ending-Book-Quiz, my personal favorite procrastinator's tool.

I'm about to start Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguao.  I had meant to read his Remains of the Day first, but I joined a read-along this month and so changed the reading order.


  1. I was very surprised when I read Frankenstein. I read it before I started blogging and wrote just a short note about it in my book journal - 'Not like the film - not scary - improbable story, but interesting ideas on what it is to be human'. So I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on this book.

    I think it's interesting that you're about to read Never Let Me Go, as that's another book with interesting ideas on what it is to be human. Another book I read pre-blogging days. I did find this a very scary book about love, friendship and memory - very chilling! Now Remains of the Day is very different and is one of my favourite books.

  2. Hi, I tend to lurk around your blog! It would be interesting to see what you make of Never Let Me Go - I found it difficult to read, for some reason. Maybe it simply didn't fit my mood at the time of reading.

    However, I have heard such good things about Remains of the Day. Perhaps I'll give that a go this summer.

  3. I am really looking forward to reading what you have to say about Frankenstein. I found that it was a much darker work then I expected being written when it was.

  4. I'll look forward to your thoughts on Frankenstein. I've been wanting to read it for a long time and can never seem to get round to it.

    I read Never Let Me Go a few years ago and though I didn't love it, it was a fascinating, thought-provoking book. The Remains of the Day is on my list for the Classics Club!